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LOVE, LUST & LIES

SYNOPSIS:
The fifth film in the award winning documentary series about the lives, hopes and dreams of three lively, working class Adelaide girls since they were 14 in 1976. Over more than thirty years, Kerry, Josie and Diana's struggles have been recorded for this series. They are now 47 and two are grandmothers.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The first 27 minutes of this film are devoted to edited highlights of the previous four, as Gillian Armstrong profiles the three first as teenagers, and then every seven years. Then in 2009, after a 14 year gap, Armstrong returns to Adelaide to revisit Kerry, Josie and Diana in their middle age. It's a remarkable undertaking and a fascinating social documentary. It is made engaging and valuable by the absence of an agenda: this is who they are in each time capsule. But the snapshots are all revealing: the decisions about abortions and partners, lifestyle and life choices.

The working class settings and the every day elements that make their lives familiar and accessible to us the audience, are underscored by those often marginal differences that are in fact colossal. That's why we are drawn to these stories, not because of overly dramatic events or achievements. Stories of extraordinary adventure and amazing feats are something to watch from a distance. But these stories are woven of material we all touch every day in our own lives. The broken relationships, the secrets, the revelations, the attendant guilt .... The general proximity to our own experiences coupled with the differing detail is compelling, both as character study and as insight into the human condition.

By definition, the women have longer stories this time, their personalities are fully formed, and their way of coping and surviving becomes clearer.

Frank and honest, the women give us a series of snapshots into their lives, relationships and their families - lives that are works in progress, and it's fascinating.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

GILLIAN ARMSTRONG INTERVIEW

LOVE, LUST & LIES (M)
(Aust, 2010)

CAST: Documentary featuring Josie, Diana, Kerry

PRODUCER: Jenny Day, Gillian Armstrong

DIRECTOR: Gillian Armstrong

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Paul Costello

EDITOR: Nicholas Beauman

MUSIC: Cezary Skubiszewski

RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Big Picture Co, Spirited Films

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 13, 2010







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